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Sensitive design for Great Crested Newts ensures permission at Wittingham Lane, Goosnargh, Lancashire


Outline planning permission has been granted by Preston City Council for 135 new homes, including new footpath links to the countryside and existing houses in Goosnargh. CSA provided expert advice in terms of Landscape, Urban design, Ecology and Arboriculture.

Landscape and wildlife impacts were carefully assessed and minimised through sensitive design, and any residual impacts mitigated. Specifically, after undertaking a suite of protected species surveys, a breeding population of great crested newts was found in one of the ponds on the site, but the proposals allow for the pond to be retained and restored as a valuable resource for nature conservation, with suitable natural planting incorporated around it.

With our input, the final designs retain the rural setting, with the protected trees along the Wittingham Lane frontage retained. The existing ponds and hedges at the site have been sympathetically incorporated into a network of integral green spaces for people to enjoy.